After many years, the Trailblazer nameplate was revived for the 2021 model year. The new model came as a small crossover and after the initial disappointment, it turned out that the new small SUV is actually a pretty good product, which was confirmed with pretty good sales numbers. The 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will represent the third production year, which means that it is still early for a mid-cycle update. Still, that doesn’t mean that the next year’s model won’t come without novelties. We are about to see some new color options, according to the latest reports.
Still, the overall layout will remain the same, which means that you may count on familiar pros and cons. This crossover is surprisingly spacious for its size, especially in the second row of seats. The cargo area is also pretty decently sized. Furthermore, we like the infotainment system very much. On the other, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle isn’t all that great. The ride quality could be better, while both engines are unimpressive.
As there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Chevy Trailblazer Design
Although mostly unchanged, the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will come with some nice novelties. This particularly refers to the color options. From what we know so far, Zeus Bronze Metallic, Oasis Blue and Satin Steel Metallic exterior colors will be deleted from the offer. Instead, we will see four new finishes on offer – Nitro Yellow Metallic, Fountain Blue, Sterling Gray Metallic and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat with a two-tone roof.
Other than new colors, the next year’s model will continue in the same way. This model is based on the company’s new VSS-F platform, which will underpin all small vehicles in GM’s lineup in the future. The Trailblazer is small and maneuverable but the ride quality isn’t impressive, even by the standards of this segment.
The 2023 Chevy Trailblazer interior will also continue without changes, which means that you may count on a cabin design that’s a bit of a mixed bag. Just like most vehicles with a Chevrolet badge on their grille, this one also features subpar interior quality when compared to classmates. Most of the surfaces are covered with hard plastics, while the overall build quality isn’t impressive either.
On the other hand, the Trailblazer really impresses in terms of interior space. The front seats are very spacious, though the seats would use more support. The second row is surprisingly spacious for the subcompact segment and accommodates taller passengers pretty easily.
The cargo area is among the biggest in this class. You may count on about 25.3 cubic feet of space with its rear seats upright and 54.4 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
Although novelties in this aspect are always possible, we don’t believe that the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer could bring many of them. Most of the things will remain the same as in the current model. Therefore, base models should come standard with goodies like keyless entry, a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, you can get upgrades like an 8-inch touch screen, additional USB ports, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, wireless device charging, a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, push-button start, and remote start.
The same thing is with safety features. All models should come standard with things like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. Also, there are upgrades like cruise control, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors etc.
2023 Chevy Trailblazer Engines
Things under the hood definitely won’t change. The 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will continue with two familiar powertrain options, with the base 1.2-liter three-cylinder and the optional 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine. The base engine is good for about 137 horsepower, while the optional engine puts out 155 horsepower.
Although the optional engine offers slightly better driving dynamics, none of these two will impress you with performance. Still, the optional engine remains a much better choice, mainly because of the fact that it comes coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission, while the base engine comes with a CVT. Also, the optional engine is available with an all-wheel drive, which isn’t the case with the base unit.
Interestingly, the more powerful engine also offers better fuel economy, which goes around 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The base engine returns around 29 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
2023 Chevy Trailblazer Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 22.000 dollars. Key competitors should be models like Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks, Mazda CX-30 etc.